Did you know that you have the right to time off work to vote in all state and federal elections, and in all regularly scheduled local elections? You do.
You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.
Your employer must pay you for the time you need to vote, if it falls during your scheduled work time. Your employer cannot make you use your personal leave or vacation time to vote.
When you go to vote, only take as much time as you need to vote, and then go to work after.
Your employer cannot refuse, limit, or interfere with your right to vote during work time. This includes what time you decide to vote.
Your employer can ask that you inform them when you will be gone, and ask you and your coworkers to coordinate your absences to minimize workplace disruptions.
If your employer violates your right to vote, they can be guilty of a misdemeanor. If you have a complaint, you should file with the county attorney.
If you prefer not to, or cannot take time off work to vote on Election Day, you can also vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. You can also request an absentee ballot be mailed to you too.
You can also find a letter for your employer at the website that you can give them that explains your right to time off for voting.
For more information about taking time off work to vote, visit https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-day-voting/time-off-work-to-vote/
For more information on voting early by mail, visit https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/
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